Grateful Dead Live at The Centrum on 1987-04-02
AUD>PCM>DAT>CDR; via Charlie Phogg; Seeded to etree by eD
Subject: My first show and my first review
Cold Rain could have been louder but this was the first night of three in Worcester. Worcester is nicknamed "wormtown" by the locals. I guess its because its a dirty city, I'm from Boston, for that reason I still get a kick out of Bobby singing "its T right here in Worcester..." Duprees (a rare one) was long and fun, by this point in the show all worries about Jerry's overall (post coma) health were gone. Brent threw in an exceptional Far From Me that was extremely well received by this enthusiastic crowd. Me and My Uncle>Mexicali came next, I particularly love Garcia's playing during Me and My Uncle. At this point the band was really feeling great, you can feel it in the music. Push Comes to Shove mellowed us out for a few minutes then BANG! BIODTL. Next was a really beautiful Bird Song, Jerry was having fun with the singing audience, with a deliberate pause before the first "Snow and Rain." Song came complete with bird chirping sounds (really). Music Never Stopped, forget about it. the set was exceptional.
The Scarlet to open the second set seemed like the boys were being deliberately slow and methodical, smoke em if ya got em. Fire is the same way, kinda like putting on your favorite old pair of pajamas, comfortable and relaxing. Then came an upbeat L.L.Rain with Garcia whipping lighning bolts around, paced much quicker than most versions I remember, lyrically Weir sounds like a total pro. Then a quick and sweaty Eyes takes us to drums. I remember sitting down during drums, stoned out my mind. I did no drugs at this show, my contact high was that good. Besides at 17 I had no tolerance to speak of. I guess I was second-hand stoned.
I don't know how to review drums and space other than saying drum duet followed by the rest of the band making strange noises. (Smoke more if ya got more.)
Phil got lyrically involved with Gimme Lovin', if you listen closely you can tell he was really having a great time. Then came Wheel, which usually came before Gimme Lovin', but not on this night. I've never been a huge fan of audience tapes. I'm a soundboard guy, but I must admit I really like hearing the crowd singing along with The Wheel, everyone in the building is having a blast, great stuff. Break out the feety pajamas again for Black Peter. This song took on a new meaning for deadheads after Jerry's coma, (just wanna have a little peace to die, and a friend or two I love at hand)I was brand new to the scene and I felt it that night. The feeling was one of genuine concern and it was palpable. Nonetheless Black Peter is superbly perfomed by all members of the band. Seriously, give this one a listen, its really a killer version! Then its off with the PJs and throw on your dancing shoes, since Jerry took two in a row, Bobby ended with two show stoppers, Around and Around and Good Lovin'.
The boys had to be tired by then, So we got a Black Muddy Encore. I always loved that friggin' song, I must admit I was kinda heartbroken when they stopped playing it. All in all 21 songs, and another head with a sticker on my back bumper that read, "Who are the Grateful Dead and why do they keep following me?" Later that year I went to California for New Years, it was the first time I mail ordered, as luck would have it, I got 'em. Thanks Rosie! I'm still lovin' and listenin', this show truly altered my existence.
Subject: '87 Spring Tour Is So Underrated
Subject: My first show!!!!
Subject: Good second set
Subject: My Second show
Subject: Good Show
Top 10 in 87> 9/18,6/30,12/27,3/30,4/2,3/27,6/26,8/11,4/6,11/14
Subject: Let.s go run and see!!
Subject: worcester blows!
Subject: Heavy Duty Dead !
Subject: A well-performed show that too rarely effortlessly catches fire.
2nd Set: "Scarlet" is a step in a positive direction. Again, it's professional playing; however, it's not exactly burnin the rubber off my shoes. However, "Fire" is exceptionally well played; it's not bristling with 'fire,' although it's quite fluid. "LLR" is fine, but it's "Eyes" that this show was thematically made for. It's well-played but a bit feathery and 'take it or leave it' for my tates. "Drums" passes without mention, @ 4:15 of "Space" it sounds eerily similiar to the segue music Smolin uses on "The Music Never Stopped." (LA Radio Dead Show)"Gimme" opens like a beautiful dawning. The version's fine, segues right into the birth of "The Wheel." Solid version, that strolls into good ol "Black Peter." Standard version leads to a delightful "Around" punctuated by Brent's pokeyness. "Good Lovin" is a good-natured Bobby cheesefest.
An especially poignant, wizened (for some reason, it hit me) "Black Muddy" closes this opening night @ the Centurm.
Subject: Great audience
Subject: Personal Favorite: Hooray for 87!
The Centrum is in such a hole, and of course my ride that evening was impounded, but what a night! This very very nice AUD (much better than the FM AUD that I ran into the ground over the last 17 years--has it really been that long?!?) makes abundantly clear the level of the crowd energy, particularly in set 2, where it starts from the first strains of Scarlet and doesn't really let up. It was just a wonderful first night of a wonderful run of shows.
Was this the night Walton showed up on-stage?
Subject: First Tape
Scarlet is powerful and the clap along on Fire, as well as one of the solo's, is wonderful. I'm happy for LL Rain, and I'm sure that LL Rain is happy that I'm happy for it. Eyes is fast and has wonderful beat, and it flows into drumz nicely. This is one of the only drums that I'll listen to. (OMG!! You don't listen to drumz every time!!!! it's ok, lay off the molley)
Post drums has a Black Peter thats decent, but the best part for me is the Bobby Doubler.(Bob fans are people too) Around > Good <3'n. Bobby really gets yelpin during these two. Definately worth a listen.
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